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The Reality of the Fantasy: How Swords and Armor Really Work

Originally posted on Dreams of the Shining Horizon:
I’ve been a fan of fantasy fiction since I was a kid.  Starting at about twelve, I collected everything Tolkien-related I could afford.  I read my copies of the primary trilogy and…

Posted in Non-Fiction, Writing Advice

Quick and Dirty World-Building

Posted in Non-Fiction, Writing Advice

News and Views: A Random Smattering

There were a few publishing stories in the news this week, but nothing which I had any strong opinions about. Although some of the readership may feel more strongly about things than me so I’ll briefly discuss them up here

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Lost Words

Originally posted on Quietly Askew:
My body aches when I don’t write.  My shoulders tense up. My hands grasp at the words they want to put down. My stomach feels the pressure of the ideas that need to get out…

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Posted in Motivational, Non-Fiction

NPR’s top 100 Sci-fi and Fantasy Books

This is a new undertaking I’m starting on my personal blog. I wanted to share it with the Foil & Phaser community as well.

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Posted in Book Reviews, Non-Fiction

News and Views: Barnes and Noble

I was bite by the “I’m too busy” bug the last couple of weeks and haven’t had time to put up a News and Views article, but hopefully you’ll all forgive me as I attempt to get back into the

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International Apostrophe Day

August 16th is International Apostrophe Day! Check out the latest blog or podcast from Grammar Girl as she explores the origins of the apostrophe names we’re all so familiar with from fantasy and science fiction.

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Posted in Grammar and Spelling, Non-Fiction

Learning How to Deal with Rejection

Originally posted on Writing Tips from Creative Writing Institute:
You’re Not Alone by Deborah Owen Creative writers have a hard time dealing with criticism – constructive or otherwise. After all, our written words are our babies, and how dare anyone…

Posted in Non-Fiction, Writing Advice

A Few Thoughts on Rejection

As the anthology deadline approaches, here is a post from the other side of the fence.

Posted in Non-Fiction, Writing Advice

Online Writing: Why We Need It

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June 2020